Complete dentures replace all of the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures are custom made and sized to fit the shape of your jaw and mouth. They mimic the color and appearance of your natural teeth. The unique impression of your teeth, bite, and the shape of your jaw will be used to create the dentures. Typically, conventional complete dentures require a three-to-four month wait after the extraction of your teeth, so that your mouth and gums will have time to heal, permitting a more accurate fitting. However, it is important to understand that you will not have to go any length of time without teeth, because in most cases, temporary dentures will be placed immediately following the removal of your teeth.
Over time your mouth will change, but your dentures will not. The jaw bones and gum can shrink or recede. You can have your dentures remade or relined when necessary.